There’s nothing more relaxing than spending an hour or two browsing your favourite blogs and magazines, getting tips and inspiration on anything from beauty tips to travel. One little haven we return to time and again is lifestyle blog Love Audrey, so we decided to meet the woman behind the brand and find out where she finds inspiration.
Read Love Audrey’s blog at: http://www.love-audrey.com
Tell us a bit about your blog – why the name?
I started Love Audrey in 2009, three weeks before the birth of my second child. I was coming to the end of my final year at university and I was eager to find an outlet for my writing that was a little more creative than the sociology essays I’d been producing for the past three years.
Blogging was definitely in its infancy back then. I described Love Audrey as a beauty blog to begin with, but I’ve always posted about an array of topics, covering everything from fashion and food to motherhood and travel. I think I was probably a lifestyle blogger before anyone even knew what that was, including me!
Love Audrey was a moniker I’d used online for years. The inspiration was simple; I love Audrey Hepburn! The actress has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. I’ve always aspired to live with the sort of creativity, grace and elegance that she’s so famous for and I suppose, in a way, my blog documents my efforts to achieve this.
Do you blog full-time?
I work fulltime as a freelance writer and keeping Love Audrey updated is one part of this. On a day-to-day basis, I provide copywriting and bespoke social media management to small creative businesses, primarily within the wedding industry. I also spend a considerable amount of time crafting beautiful literary accounts of other people’s weddings in my capacity as an associate writer forThe Wedding Reporter.
How has blogging changed your life?
I can’t even begin to imagine what my life would look like now if I hadn’t started blogging all those years ago! I’ve met many of my closest friends through Love Audrey and my business also exists as a direct result.
More subtle changes include the fact that blogging has made me a better writer and a much more confident photographer. Documenting our lives for the last six years has also given me the most incredible visual record to look back on.
Describe your home and style
We live in a three bedroom, end-of-terrace house in a suburb of Bristol. It was originally built in 1955, but the previous owners converted the loft space and added an extension just under ten years ago. There’s plenty of space and lots of natural light throughout, two things which were really important to me when we were looking to buy.
We bought the house two years ago and, although it was in very good condition, we were eager to inject our own style and freshen things up. It’s still very much a work in progress, but I love seeing the place evolve over time.
Our interior style is heavily influenced by all things midcentury modern and Scandinavian design. We like to mix new furniture with vintage pieces and we also love colour and pattern.
First and foremost, we’re trying to create a family home that feels safe, secure and generally wonderful for our children. I want our house to be stylish, but I also want it to be a place where my two kids can play, have fun, relax and unwind.
What’s your favourite room in the house?
Right now, it’s our large open plan living and dining room. It’s probably the room that’s undergone the biggest transformation so far. We had bespoke built-in cupboards and shelves added to the alcoves, painted the walls in Farrow & Ball’s Pavilion Grey and splashed out on lots of new furniture. My favourite piece is ourString pocket shelf as I’ve wanted one for years, closely followed by our dining table from John Lewis. Our old house had a tiny dining room with barely enough space for six people, so being able to have huge crowds round for meals is a real treat, especially as I love entertaining.
There’s still a few things we’d like to do, like add new dining chairs and find the perfect area rug, but it’s definitely the room we use the most. I’m so pleased with the way it’s turned out.
Where do you go for interior design ideas?
Like most people, I tend to start with Pinterest. It really helps me focus on what I want to achieve in each room. I love readingYellow Brick Home too as Kim and Scott seem to have similar taste to mine.
I also steal ideas from friends and family! There’s so much I love about my parents’ house
for example, including their spacious kitchen and incredibly comfortable bedrooms.
You’re currently redesigning your master bedroom – what kind of look are you going for?
I find it really hard to describe the look I have in mind, but I definitely want our bedroom to feel calm and relaxing. Since we moved in, we’ve been without proper storage, functioning blinds, a decent carpet… the list goes on! Living in a state of disarray has really taken its toll, so we’re both craving a space that is both tranquil and inviting.
I also want the room to feel a little more grown-up than the rest of the house. We’re treating ourselves to a brand new bed and I’m hoping that the right soft furnishings and accessories will allow us to create something fairly elegant and sophisticated. It feels like the one room where we don’t have to consider the children’s needs, other than making sure there’s enough room for them to climb into bed with us for a cuddle of course!
Do you have any tips for others looking to redesign their bedrooms?
Traditionally, everyone seems to start with paint colours when they’re thinking about transforming a room. Over the course of decorating our house, I’ve come to realise that it makes much more sense to start with accessories and work backwards.
For example, in our bedroom I’m using upholstery, bed linen, cushions, curtains and art as the basis for our overall colour scheme, rather than finalising a colour for the walls first. It’s so much easier and more flexible than trying to find pieces that coordinate with a pre-existing paint choice.
Read Love Audrey’s blog at: http://www.love-audrey.com